It’s been a tough year for many – job losses, pay cuts and uncertainty. But with all those runs on toilet paper and flour, the supermarket giants have flourished. But does this mean the large retailers should be shelling out the cash for Christmas bonuses? Woolworths staff think so and were not happy with the “el-cheapo” gift they received from the big bosses as gratitude for their hard work.

Woolworths staff received a thank you note, addressed to their payroll number, from the management team saying:

“2020 has been an incredibly challenging year – arguably like no-other in recent experience. And as we head towards the end of the year, we’re like to express our gratitude for all your hard work, resilience and commitment.

“Together we have risen to the many continuously evolving challenges and created better experiences for our customers, our communities and each other.”

Here’s A Gift Card To Spend In Our Stores

The memo from The Woolworths Group Leadership Team continues:

“As a gesture of our appreciation for the role you have played in living out purpose, we would like to give you a $25 WISH e-gift card.”

Grumble Grumble

Woolworths staff flooded social media to express their dissatisfaction with the gift.

“Essentially we were just giving them the money back (as the gift card will be spent in Woolworths). Like I appreciated it but definitely not enough for working through this sh*t show!”

“I swear it gets less and less every year. You’d think it’d be MORE considering what we were all put through this year with COVID,” said another.

“$25 does not cut it and it’s a spit in the face, from a company that makes 2.7 billion a year in Australia alone, 2.7 billion PROFIT that’s after they pay all their bills pure profit ! I would have preferred they did nothing!!,” ranted another.

Note to Woolworths Staff / Facebook
Note to Woolworths Staff / Facebook

We’re Just A Number!

Others were really irked about the error in judgement of using their payroll number instead of their names:

“I most enjoyed how we were addressed by our payroll number instead of by name.”

“I especially love the dear (employee number) they can’t even use our name.”

Better Than Nothing!

However, there were a number of Woolworths staff who weren’t looking a gift horse (or supermarket) in the mouth.

“People lost their jobs thru covid!! Yes it was tough but bloody hell I’m not saying no to the gift card!!” declared one.

“I’m happy for my $25. They don’t have to give us anything but they are. I’m happy I was able to work this whole time and continued to be able to provide for my family. This $25 will go towards something decent I’m saving for,” said another.

No Xmas Party This Year

One Woolworths staff member explained the reasoning behind the gift:

“To all those whining about the $25 this would be in lieu of Xmas parties in-house that we can’t have. Usually a store is given $1500-2000 depending on store size to cater for Xmas lunch and night shift . We have been given shares and a gift card as thanks for our work during covid. If you don’t want this e-card donate it back to one of our charities,” she said.

“I’d rather have the $25 than a stupid xmas lunch that I never eat,” said another.

And from another perspective:

“I think people forget that Woolworths has 250,000 employees. This is 6.25 million dollars in gift cards if every employee uses one.”

Do you think Woolworths staff have a right to be disgruntled? What did you get from your employer for Christmas? Tell us in the comments below.

  • wow… I would be very thankful for a $25 giftcard. They were lucky to get anything at all. How rude of the staff then to complain on social media.


  • A lot of places don’t give Christmas gifts to staff, so I suppose anything is better than nothing.


  • Better than what most people get. We never get anything, barely ever a lunch; usually we have to buy our own staff lunch. And like the article says; there are so many woolies employees overall it’s pretty generous.


  • Better than what I got! I got nothing and get nothing every year.


  • They’ve done better then some. My hubby works at PAHSMA and got diddley squat.


  • OMG, I’m horrified!! Poor Wooworths staff, what a total rip off. First they get to work through the pandemic and keep their jobs while many were given extra shifts (shocking! imagine actually receiving more money while keeping your job during the pandemic) and then the absolute audacity of their grinch bosses at the top to hand them out a $25.00 gift card for Christmas which is actually worth more to staff due to the staff discounts they receive when spending the “el-cheapo” $25.00 while countless other people were flat out struggling to pay bills and put food on their table, let alone have funds for Christmas gifts due to losing their jobs. I think those people would consider the pandemic more of a ‘shit show’ than the ungrateful Woolworths employees who were kept in employment. Self entitled Woolworths employees should spend some time reflecting on those who lost their lives during the pandemic, the family and friends of those who lost their lives and the many others who have and will have long lasting medical issues due to contracting the virus and everyone else who lost their jobs.


  • At a time when people are losing their jobs, these people should be grateful they still have a job and are getting a gift at all. Does anyone thank the company for giving them a job? No! You are not entitled to a Christmas gift, be thankful you have a job


  • I got nothing. Not even a card. They should be grateful but I can understand the frustration behind the gift.


  • A bonus should not be expected. Gift cards are a great present


  • I’d be so thankful to have extra money to spend, no matter how little especially during times like this. It is afterall a practical gift – to buy foods.
    In all my past jobs, it was Christmas cards and lollies. And in certain years where the company did well, a Christmas lunch/dinner.


  • Be grateful as a lot of companies do not give out Christmas gifts!


  • After the year we have had and the profits Woolworths has made they could have done more for their staff. They were front line staff too and deserve a lot more from management. I would like to know how much of a bonus top management got? They didn’t have to deal with the threat of catching Covid from customers. Its the workers who make the money, in my mind they deserve a lot more.


  • 2020 was not the best year for a lot of businesses and corporate organizations are accountable to shareholders. Was $25 enough? hard call but better than nothing. Having been a employer I always believe staff are your best asset and you should reward them for outstanding work to the best of your ability. In tough times this was hard as I wanted to but did not have the funds, in the good times I made up for the harder years. Let’s hope Woolies do the same


  • I think that’s not right. $25 is a joke.


  • They should be grateful, when I worked I never received a present from any of my bosses…instead they’d buy some alcohol and nibbles for us on an afternoon after work before Christmas.


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